Impact100 Essex, a collective giving circle of 100+ Essex County women, earlier this month hosted “On the Ground” — a virtual panel that discussed inequities facing local nonprofits competing for funding. Members considered how changes in the grant-making process could reduce the impact of privilege and the racial funding gap for local organizations.
Leaders from four Essex County nonprofits challenged assumptions and biases in philanthropy and grantmaking. Speakers included Lauren Meehan, Arts Ed Newark; Liliana Pinete, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey; Carrie Puglisi, La Casa de Don Pedro; and Dani Rosen, Community Asset Preservation Corporation.
“This event is part of our renewed commitment to education around Equity and inclusivity,” said Mayuri Chandra, DEI Action Committee Chair, Impact100 Essex. Added Impact100 Essex member Alex Kent,
“The event presented a great opportunity for the nonprofit directors to be candid with the Impact100 donors about the challenges nonprofits face when trying to raise money.”
“We needed to hear the voices of leaders working on the ground, across sectors, after an unprecedented year of crisis,” said Margo Greenfield, Co-Convenor, Impact100 Essex.
Impact100 Essex also announced the funding of a $30,000 Equity Grant to an organization whose leader identifies as a person of color.
“Data have shown that organizations led by BIPOC individuals simply do not get funding at the same levels as those led by white individuals. We are committed to bringing our small piece of equity to the process”, said Helen Mazarakis, Co-Convener, Impact100 Essex. “The Equity Grant is in addition to our annual $100,000 Impact Grant”.